Club awards two life memberships

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The winner of Wyndham Angling Club’s Bruce Henderson Cup, was also rewarded with a life membership on Saturday.

Doug Smith, of Gore, won the factor fish competition.

The competition took into account the weight of the fish and multiplied it by the length. Anglers were given a two-fish limit.

Smith’s winning fish had a factor of 41.7.

Smith said he was overwhelmed to win the competition on the same day as receiving his life membership.

“There is only four of us life members now, so they are pretty hard to get,” he said.

It is not Smith’s first life membership. He is also a life member of the Mataura Gun Club.

He was happy to be acknowledged in sports he enjoyed.

“I enjoy both sports. You can’t do them when you die. Time runs out, so you have to make the most of it,” he said.

Smith had been part of the club since 1973.

He had held many administrative roles, including a stint as president from 1985 to 1987.

He instigated the regular club trip to Mavora in 1977 and also organised the food for the trip for several years.

In his time he had also obtained the ventilator on the clubrooms roof, removed old rotten wooden decorations from the exterior and made new replacements, to ensure the clubrooms were kept in period style.

He was also the organiser of many firewood expeditions to the Ayers property, at Mimihau.

Smith accepted his life membership alongside longtime club member Shirley Clarke, of Invercargill.

She joined the club in 1979 and was the first female president of the club, from 2003 to 2005.

“I felt very honoured. It was so good to be back amongst them all again. They are like a family to me and I hope to spend many more happy times with them,” Clarke said.

She also served on Southland Fish & Game (2000-06) and kept the club informed on wider angling issues.

She said the club was welcoming and a great asset to Wyndham.